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With Some Imagination, DIY Pumpkins Ideas and Crafts Comes Easy!
It has always been a huge tradition in my family to carve pumpkins. Often, in my teenage years I can remember my mother coming home with three of the biggest, best pumpkins she could find. What were they for? The competition! My two brothers and I did it every year. We chose the best design, got our tools out, and created our masterpieces. After they were done, we lit them up, turned out the lights and it was up to Mom and Dad to choose the winner. Only they never could, because they were all winners to them of course.
Now, we share the same tradition with our kids and they look forward to it every year. But life in the pumpkin world has changed. Suddenly, carving pumpkins has got some pretty stiff competition in the pumpkin game. Overtime, we have discovered many new ways to spice up how we decorate and that is especially true when it comes to pumpkin decorating. Let's check out some easy DIY you can do right at home. And who knows, maybe your family will find a new DIY pumpkin decorating idea you can call tradition as well.
What You Will Need
- A Pumpkin any size of your choice. Although, a bigger pumpkin with one side a bit flat works best
- A fine tip marker
- Pumpkin carving tool kit
- Newspaper to lay underneath pumpkin while you clean out the inside.
- A template
- A steady hand
- A candle for lighting
Of course, carving pumpkins will always be in style, that will never change. But, what if we could step it up just a bit and make them even more fancy. Check out some of the samples below. They look a bit tricky I know. With the proper tools and a steady hand, it can definitely be done. And you will need some patience too. The more detail, the more magnificent your pumpkin will look when the sun is down and ready for candle light.
What You Will Need
- Pumpkins is an assortment of shapes and sizes
- Stencils of your choice
- Paint in colors of your choice
- A variety of paintbrushes
- Newspaper for easy clean up
- A creative Imagination!
Painting and Designs
This is one of the easiest and most creative ways to decorate pumpkins. It takes little materials and uses your imagination to its fullest extent! You can paint the full pumpkin in any color your heart desires, or use different color paints to make a creative illustration. How about using some stencils you have lying around, or some great Halloween stencils you can find in just about any store. My daughters spent tons of time at the pumpkin patch last year picking all different kinds of pumpkins in many shapes and sizes for our many DIY easy pumpkin decorating ideas and crafts last Halloween. We got to enjoy a hayride up to the pumpkin patch, and after we were done they got two small pumpkins just their size for being such good pumpkin pickers! Those two small pumpkins are the ones they used to paint on and get their creative juices flowing! Their pumpkins are posted down below with the other samples of painted pumpkins. Get inspired!
What You Will Need
- Assorted pumpkins in your choice of color
- Paint (optional)
- Lace from the fabric store or a pair of stockings
- A hair tye or Mod Podge Adhesive (found at craft stores)
Lace Covered Pumpkins
How about a simple yet bold and sophisticated way to decorate pumpkins? This idea also uses little material to create unique pumpkins that will definitely turn some heads. Regular pumpkins in whichever shapes you choose works just as well. But, if you wanted to step it up into a bit more classier and sophisticated way, paint them white or you can always use faux white pumpkins. Now, there are two ways of going about making these trendy lace covered pumpkins.
- You can buy or take an old pair of lace stockings in whichever design you choose. Fit the stocking over your pumpkin working towards the middle, making sure that your pumpkin is covered all the way around and over the top of the stem. When fitted to your content, cut the stocking at the very bottom of your pumpkin and secure with a ponytail. Cut tightly around the top for your stem. Voila!
- Buy any form of design and color lace from your local fabric store. Cut out different shapes in your lace to make a design around your pumpkin. Or if you prefer, you can skip that step and cut out enough lace to completely cover your pumpkin. Use Mod Podge adhesive on your lace and place the lace at your preferred spot on the pumpkin. Continue until you have completed the lace completely around your pumpkin. Finish with a top coat of Mod Podge.
Drilled Hole Designs
Out of all the DIY pumpkin decorating ideas I tried out last year, this one was my favorite. It was so simple yet they came out looking beautiful. The pumpkins also looked like I spent oodles of time creating such a design, when it took no time at all. Now, when I first finished them I was a little put off. The pumpkins looked a bit strange with a bunch of holes drilled into them. But, they were so worth it when we lit them up that night. They turned out gorgeous and we got tons of compliments from neighbors and trick or treaters!
All you need is a marker, a drill and some drill bits in assorted sizes. Use the marker to place dots on your pumpkin of where you will want your holes to be. Keep in mind that most likely your dot will be much smaller then the hole your drill will create, so try to space your holes pretty far apart. Once you have your dots in place, drill in a straight forward motion until the drill has reached all the way through and has completed a perfect, round hole. Continue over all your marker dots. How simple is that?! Also, check out the one below that I created last year using the unique idea of a haunting tree and the drill holes used as stars. It was a big hit!
What You Will Need
- 3 or 4 Empty, clean milk jugs
- A thick black marker, like Sharpie
- Orange Halloween lights
Lighted Milk Jug Pumpkins
Do you go through a bunch of milk cartons a week? I know we do in my house. This idea we tried last year was a big hit with the kids. No pumpkins necessary! And trust me, it can't get any easier than this.
- Clean out your milk jugs with water. Be sure to clean out the insides extremely well so you do not have any lingering foul milk odors later. Also, running the jugs under hot water helps to remove any labels and adhesive.
- Grab your marker and draw on your pumpkin faces. This part the kids will love the most!
- Using scissors, cut a hole on the back, bottom side of the milk jug for you to be able to string the orange lights through. Your hole should be about the size of a Ritz Cracker.
- String your orange lights through the milk jugs and watch them illuminate!
Alternatives: Draw on ghost faces and string white lights for ghosts. Or, draw on monster faces and string purple lights or green lights for monsters!
What You Will Need
- 5 or 6 assorted pumpkins
- Pumpkin carving tools
- Or for a no-carve option, paint or a large permanent marker
- Acessories of your choice
Halloween Village Pumpkins
Who loves those beautiful, festive Christmas villages. I love collecting different pieces every year to compliment my little village. But, who thought you could make a festive Halloween pumpkin village?! That's right, and they are just as beautiful. Plus, this is another one to really let your imagination run wild. Add scary figurines to give your village some life. Or, you can opt out of scary and instead draw and carve pretty houses on your pumpkins. Want something carve-free? Paint or a permanent black marker works just as well.
Do you want to try for something a little more time-worthy?
Check out this option that will definitely be sure to steal the show!
What You Will Need
- 1- 12" tall pumpkin
- 4- 4" tall gourds
- 4- ornate drawer pulls
- 3- ornate metal belt buckles
- 1- ornate lamp finial
- 2- 1/4" dowel rods (cut to the approx. diameter of your pumpkin)
- Pencil or Marker
- Craft Glue
- Heavy-gauge Florist wire
- Cordless drill fitted with 1/4" bit
I loved this idea since the first time I seen it. If you have daughters like mine who are especially into princesses, they will love it too. This kind of DIY pumpkins take little to no effort. All you need is a few different sizes of pumpkins, some creative finds you should be able to find right in your local hardware or craft store, and some paint.
For the samples below, the first photo was originally featured on hallmarkmagazine.com and no longer exists so the instructions to that carriage is the one I will be listing instructions to below. As for the metal pieces acting as a topper, doors, and windows are pieces created from supplies at a hardware store. I have checked in my local Michaels for ideas and have found some that will work perfectly, also. If you are having trouble finding the pieces, doors and windows off of old dollhouses should be a perfect match. Or, you could paint them on and let your creativity run wild! Of course, any accessories you choose is up to you. The pink princess pumpkin carriage is perfect for your little princess and the kids will have a blast helping to make these pretty little carriage pumpkins!
Instructions for Carriage Pumpkins
- Trace the inside of each belt buckle onto pumpkin and cut to create openings for two windows and a door.
- Glue the hardware over the openings.
- Remove or cut down the stem until it is even with the flesh of the pumpkin, and twist the finial into the top.
- Drill a hole through the center of each gourd.
- Insert a dowel rod into the holes of two gourds to create an axle, and secure with glue. Repeat to create a second set of wheels.
- Finish off all 4 wheels by inserting a drawer pull into the outside hole of each gourd for hubcaps.
- Line up 2 sets of wheels next to each other at about the same width as your pumpkin. Then, wrap wire from one dowel rod to the other to fasten the axles together and to create a webbing for the pumpkin carriage to sit on.
- Gently place your carriage on the wire.
If All Else Fails...
If you still fail to impress, you could always go the large Cinderella carriage route! Just be sure to be back by midnight.
I Hope You Have a Fun Time Creating Your Own DIY Easy Pumpkin Decorating Ideas At Home!
And from my family to yours, We wish you a Happy Halloween!
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© 2014 Brianna W
Brianna W (author) from East Coast on August 01, 2020:
You’re welcome Peachy! Please let me know how it turns out.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on July 31, 2020:
Lighted Milk Jug Pumpkins is the easiest thing to do compare to others. Gonna try this out this Halloween Thanks !